The Volunteer Lawyers Project (Nassau) and The Pro Bono Project (Suffolk)

Nassau/Suffolk Law Services operates a nationally lauded pro bono program with the Bar Association of Nassau County and the Suffolk County Bar Association. Established in 1981, the program provides legal representation in civil cases for individuals meeting low income guidelines.

Volunteer Lawyers Project and Pro Bono Project:

The Projects strive to supplement the funded civil legal services provided by Law Services’ staff with the generous volunteer assistance of the private bar. The Project staff refers a variety of legal matters to private volunteer attorneys, usually in the areas of matrimonial, bankruptcy and landlord-tenant law. The demand for pro bono services is great and may involve a waiting list, as in the case of divorce matters.  However, we maintain an active outreach and recruitment program in an effort to meet the challenge. The Projects also screen prospective clients for the Modest Means Panel, private attorneys who have agreed to accept divorce cases at a reduced fee. The Volunteer Lawyers and Pro Bono Projects are supported in part by The Nassau Bar Association, the We Care Fund, and The Suffolk County Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Pro Bono Foundation, as well as by The Legal Services Corporation. For information in Nassau County call 516-292-8299 and in Suffolk County 631-232-2400. HOW MANY LAWYERS  DOES  IT  TAKE TO CHANGE. . . The World ? It’s a simple idea. Use your powers for good. When you represent the poor and disabled, you also represent the best of our profession. A profession full of caring, committed people who firmly believe a just world is possible. Our clients don’t pay.  But the rewards —-that’s another story entirely. Once you’ve made a difference in the life of another , it can’t but help make a difference in yours. You’ve been given a gift, a powerful skill –you can put it to no better use than to help the powerless. You can help.  The only question is: will you? The Collateral Rewards:

  • Free CLE credits
  • Free pass to a CLE course
  • Access to expert consultation and mentoring
  • Eligibility for Pro Bono Attorney of the Month award and Pro Bono Recognition Reception
  • Free professional liability insurance
  • Networking with attorney colleagues and judges
  • Expand your knowledge and experience in various disciplines of law

How can you help?

  • Provide direct client representation
  • Be a mentor to other volunteer attorneys
  • Assist Project staff with intake, case analysis, referral and recruitment of volunteer attorneys
  • Volunteer to work alongside Nassau Suffolk Law Services staff in landlord/tenant court, assist in disability, access to health care, Social Security advocacy, etc

Help is especially needed in the following areas:

  • Matrimonial and Family Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Guardianships (Article 17A)
  • Foreclosure
  • Consumer Issues
  • Access to Medical Care and Public Benefits
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Take the challenge! You can make a difference.Call Maria Dosso for more information about volunteering. 631 232-2400 x 3369 Each month Nasssau Suffolk Law Services celebrates the labors of individual attorneys who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the Pro Bono effort and who serve as a role model for the legal profession and its commitment to pro bono work.  These articles were written by Nancy Zukowski. Nancy Zukowski is a volunteer paralegal at Nassau Suffolk Law Services with a paralegal certificate from Suffolk Community College.  Ms. Zukowski has extensive professional experience in health insurance claims and health care advocacy and has also interned at Nassau Suffolk Law Services, Queens Housing Court, and at private law offices in Suffolk.

Attorneys honored in 2014 are:
Scott Stone
Stewart Wurtzel
Robin Guttman
Richard Artura
Martin Murphy

Attorneys honored in 2013 are:
Jessica Sparacino

William Gearty
Regina Brandow
Anneris M. Pena
Val Cherkoss
Greg Lisi
Lewis Edelstein
Lisa Jadidian
Rick Stern
Donald Sallah
Stuart Gelberg

Attorneys honored in 2012 are:
Steven Snair
Jon Michael Probstein
Margarett Williams
Barry Smolowitz
Harold Seligman
Raymond Lang
William Motherway
Lee Blumberg
Mary T. Lucere
Frederic A. Wool
Janet Connolly
Harold M Somer
Andrew Thaler

“Law Services collaborates with the Bar Associations to sponsor free CLEs for Pro Bono attorneys”